Health is all about balance really. Health is to know yourself so well that you can spot when your internal scales are losing their equilibrium. And to avoid them from tipping over by adjusting your food and life choices. When you are stressed, the obvious solution is to implement more rest, which is its exact opposite. You know this. It’s logic and, most of all, part of the pure intuition and innate wisdom you were gifted with at birth. Some imbalances, like being overstressed, are related to hyperactivity and a surplus of heat. While other imbalances, like fatigue and mental dips, are the exact opposite and related to too much stagnant cold energy. During the current season of summertime heat related problems are much more actual and prominent so let’s discuss that side of the scales first! Below you’ll find a little intro, a list of symptoms and complaints that are related to too much heat and a practical plan how you can bring that inner balance back with the use of specific harmonising foods.
'Health is to know ourselves so well that we can spot when our internal scales are losing their equilibrium and to avoid them from tipping over by adjusting our food and life choices.'
The temperature has risen, your work pace has sky rocketed and expectations have been added to your list until your pen ran dry. When we increasingly experience one or more of the following complaints, it’s time to balance this excess of heat with neutralizing and cooling (food) choices.
Signs of excess heat:
Headaches, acute infections, fever, high blood pressure, constipation, restless sleep, stress, heartburn or indigestion, irritability, impatience, anger, frustration, pimples or rashes.
The smartest thing you can do when experiencing (one of) these complaints is to avoid the foods that increase heat and make your state worse. Foods that exacerbate heat conditions are salt, (red) meat, eggs, alcohol, coffee, cheese and fish. The next step is to UP the amount of foods that bring you back to the middle and reestablish balance. This would be a combination of neutralizing foods and cooling products. Whole grains are the most powerful neutralizers and bring you back to the middle quickest. You may choose brown rice, rye or high quality organic (non GMO) corn to help you do this.
Foods that have a (slightly) cooling effect are: millet, barley, amaranth, watermelon, tomato, orange, grapefruit, pear, apple, banana, kaki, raw fruits in general, radish, cucumber, celery, mushrooms, chard, eggplant, zucchini, paksoi, all cabbages, sprouts, green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, mint, dandelion greens, nettles, lemon balm, cilantro and parsley.
To cool further you’d best cook your food shortly through steaming and increasing the amount of raw foods added to your daily diet. Avoid baked or deep fried foods. Try to keep meal portions small and make sure you drink plenty of room temperature water to further manage the heat.
When balance has been reestablished you may choose to eat foods that are within that neutral range, faintly cooling or heating. Extremes, although in some cases terribly exciting and addictive, are the greatest eradicators of balance and thus health itself. Try to avoid extremes (also those non food related!) and go after activities and foods that make you feel calm, content, clear and genuinely happy. Here is a food chart that explains which foods are yin (cooling) and which foods are yang (heating). Enjoy! (and don’t forget to smile! Smiling is very balancing and harmonising ; )
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